Justin Bieber’s Two Loves

Kennedy Sefah, Print Staff

   The last time Selena Gomez and Hailey Bieber were in the news together was when they publicly put any animosity behind them, posing for a joint photo at the 2022 Academy Museum Gala. Now, 5 months later, fans are still fixated on a feud between the two women. 

   Though  speculation around Gomez and Bieber’s relationship has hit a fever pitch in the past few weeks, these rumors have been swirling for years ever since Bieber married Gomez’s ex, Justin Bieber, very soon after their final breakup.  The model has long denied any bad blood between them, but their fans have known to fight each other in the comments on social media.

   “There’s no drama personally”, Bieber said in an interview on the Call Her Daddy podcast last year.

   Gomez has also denied rumors of bad blood. Last year,  Gomez denied making fun of Bieber in a skincare TikTok video posted earlier that year.  “Zero bad intentions”, she wrote in the comments before deleting the video. The two seemed to declare peace by posing for photos together. 

   Somehow that’s done nothing to stop the lastest flurry of rumors, which started on February 22nd after Gomez posted about accidentally overlaminating her brows. Later that day, Kylie Jenner posted a video  of herself and Bieber on FaceTime showing off their eyebrows, which had some interpretation as a dig at Gomez. TikToker Nuha, @devotedly.yours, broke down her interpretation of the “shade”, prompting both Jenner and Gomez to respond.

   “This is reaching”, Jenner wrote in the comments. “You guys are making something out of nothing. This is silly”. Gomez agreed, later commenting that she was a “fan” of Jenner’s. 

   Meanwhile, fans began to see Gomez supporting TikToks from fans that made videos praising the singer, while also making digs at Jenner and Bieber. Per BuzzFeed, Gomez reportedly commented “I love you”, under this video of support from Sarah, aka @sunlightchaser, in which she calls Jenner and Bieber “mean girls.” She then commented under another video calling Bieber a mean girl, featuring a clip of the 2017 show Drop the Mic, in which Bieber made a gagging face when her Drop the Mic cohost, Method Man, mentioned Taylor Swift.

   “So sorry, my best friend is and continues to be one of the best in the game”, Gomez wrote.

    Amid all the speculation, Gomez announced she was taking a step back from social media altogether.

   “I’m very happy, I’m so blessed. I have the best friends and the best fans in the whole world and I just couldn’t be happier,” Gomez said in a TikTok live post a few days after the eyebrow debacle.  “I’m gonna be taking a second from social media cause this is a little silly and I’m 30. I’m too old for this.”

   She deleted her TikTok account and said she’d be taking a break from Instagram, though her profile remained active. Before she left the platform, Gomez reportedly made one last comment on a fan’s TikTok, seemingly responding to those who wondered why she would leave comments on videos about . Bieber if she didn’t want the drama.

“I have every right to defend my friends,” she wrote, per a screenshot shared by Stephanie Tleiji, aka @stephwithdadeets. “Say whatever you want about me but my people, I’d die for. Thanks so much.” 

   A few weeks later, Gomez reappeared on TikTok with a makeup tutorial. In the video’s comments, she wrote “Please, please be kinder and consider other mental health. My heart has been heavy and I only want good for everyone. All my love.” 

   The rumored beef seems to have spilled over into real life. Justin Bieber recently performed at Rolling Loud, where the crowd started chanting “Boo Hailey Bieber” during his time onstage. While it’s not clear if the chants were in support of Gomez, they strike a pretty close resemblance to the online comments both women have endured.